Purchasing Nutritional Supplements
by: Dr. Cornelius Stephens

The internet has opened a broad spectrum of opportunities for us. Unlimited access to information, increased ability to communicate with anyone in any part of the world and the ability to purchase virtually any item, including nutritional supplements, at a reduced cost are a few examples. Purchasing nutritional supplements via the internet could be a risky venture.

As a result of out-sourcing, many nutritional supplements are made in other countries like China and India. A number of these countries have no regulations concerning the way these supplements are produced. There are no regulations in place on the use of toxic substances like mercury and lead that may be used in the production of these supplements outside of this country. There are no regulations in place regarding the sanitary conditions of the places where these supplements are produced. There is no assurance of quality and/or quantity of the ingredients in each pill or capsule. Without regulations in place and enforced, many things can go wrong in the production of these nutritional supplements. In essence, you don’t know what you are getting when you purchase nutritional supplements over the internet from an unknown company or person.

I am not advocating against purchasing nutritional supplements over the internet. There are many companies with well established reputations for producing high quality nutritional supplements. Their products are produced entirely in this country under strict and enforced regulations. Exercise caution, good judgment and don’t let price be the determining factor when purchasing nutritional supplements over the internet.